Nov. 4, 2006
Dayton 4, Florida 2
DAYTON, Ohio – The Bombers wasted little time setting the tone in their home opener in front of 9,989, the most fans of any ECHL season opener at the Wright State University Nutter Center.
Dayton right wing Petr Pohl forced the puck past Florida goaltender David Shantz just 5 minutes into the contest to open the scoring. The Bombers’ Brent Walton (pictured) quickly followed suit as the right wing slipped in from Shantz’s left side 28 seconds later to give the home team a quick 2-0 lead with 14:31 on the clock in the first period.
Tim Konsorada took advantage of a Dayton power-play opportunity lighting up the scoreboard for the Bombers two minutes later as Dayton led 3-0 with just 8 minutes off the game clock. Florida couldn’t find the net as Dayton dominated the opening period, tallying 18 shots on goal to the Everblades seven.
“We were very determined from the beginning of the game,” Dayton coach Don MacAdam said. “Very simply, we went to the net and shot the puck.”
The Bombers’ offensive output came as no surprise to Florida coach Gerry Fleming despite the fact that Dayton had been held scoreless twice this season.
“Dayton had struggled a little offensively this season and we knew that,” Fleming said. “Tonight, they matched their season scoring total in one period but we knew what they were capable of. We turned the puck over a lot and, when you do that, you’re not going to compete.”
Three goals was not a comfortable lead for the Bombers and Dayton’s Walton found the net again late in the second period helping boost the Bombers lead to 4-0.
But the Everblades’ Brent McDonald squeezed in a goal for the visitors with one second remaining in the second period. The Florida center capitalized on an Everblades power play to cut the Dayton lead to 4-1 at the break. Florida right wing Vince Bellissimo closed the gap to two with a goal late in the third period.